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1  Doodle Pillow in Needlework: Completed Projects by GatsbyGirl on: August 27, 2010 08:06:50 PM
So, as much as I'm sure my boss would love for me to be on my laptop working at all times (I'm an entertainment journalist so even when I'm watching TV I'm technically working), sometimes I need to accompany my viewing with something a bit less technological.

About 10 months ago I decided to do a doodle pillow using Urban Threads patterns as an exercise. My rules were simple: Whatever pattern I landed on was the next one I did, regardless of if I liked it or not. The goal was to play with colors and stitches and find a way to like it regardless.

I've been working on it off and on since then. The first couple weeks I was almost doing a design a day and it happened to be when a slew of Christmas patterns were posted, thus the wintery/Christmasy quadrant over to the bottom right.

There's still some little spaces that I can fit more into, but it's good enough to show off, so here it is. The whole shebang, followed by some of my favorite designs:

Whole pillow:

Yeti latte:

Vampire humor:

Nouveau skulls:

Winter-y gal:

Sumo wrestler and Matryoshka:

At the start my husband was dubious and thought it was going to look silly and I would regret spending so much time on it in the end. But he now admits that it is indeed pretty awesome.

He's an art director/illustrator, so my next project is one of his drawings and doodles.

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2  Yet Another Babette Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by GatsbyGirl on: December 01, 2009 03:14:35 PM
I guess it's only fitting that the afghan that I started in June when I had a week off of work has now been completed during my post-Thanksgiving break.

For those not yet bitten by the Babette Blanket bug, it's from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet, page 22.

I used at J hook rather than an E so that it would make a larger sofa throw and used random Vanna's Choice yarns for the entire thing.

Since it was in the 80s in Los Angeles yesterday, I managed to beat the winter chill in completing it too.

My husband says it's one of his favorite things I've ever made.

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3  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 31, 2009 05:21:24 PM
Kittykill -- She's delightful! And the different colored flower petals are exquisite.

My pillowcase has made it safely back home. Here it is, now residing on the chaise in the dining/reading room:

Thanks to my group for rising to the challenge of picking designs around a song. You all did a great job.
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4  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 24, 2009 01:18:05 PM
Here it is. My last one.

Sixblueirises theme was mermaids and underwater-related items. I went with a slightly different take, but as soon as I saw it I had to do it:

It's Lori Lemaris, who was Superman's college girlfriend (and a mermaid). Her thought balloon says:

"GULP! As long as I didn't see Superman, I could pretend that I had forgotten him! Now I know I've been deceiving myself. Aquaman is wonderful ... but he's no Superman! Superman is the only man I can ever love!"

And, I have to say, once again my Bleach pen saved my bacon. I scorched the **** out of this when I transferred the pattern. Trying to get it out before I stitched would probably have made it worse so I just soldiered on, telling myself that if it didn't come out the the scorch marks made it look like an old comic book that had gotten discolored with age (even though my husband kindly said, "No, it really doesn't.").

But, lo and behold, the marks out completely. Thanks Clorox!

No picture of them all since I'm the last stop on its way home, but the full apron turned out fantastic. I hope she posts a picture when she gets it.
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5  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 12, 2009 07:37:36 PM
Fenifer's towel doesn't have a theme, but it looks like an animal one is developing.

My stalking unearthed that she has three chihuahuas, so I went with this:

Only one more to go!
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6  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 04, 2009 01:25:09 PM
Wow! Everyone is on fire in this swap. Too much goodness.

As soon as I saw millik's theme was video games I knew what I wanted to stitch. I was a little scared that I'd chosen something from a game she wasn't familiar with so she'd see if and go "What the hell is that?" but when I got her towel in the mail I saw she had doodled his head on the included note so I knew I was on the right track.

I give you in all his split stitch glory: the Katamari Prince:

It looks like mego didn't get a chance to post her contribution (forgive me if she did and I missed it), so here it is:

And here's the full towel so far:

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7  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: September 19, 2009 10:22:04 PM
OK, the photos aren't the best, but I was too excited to wait until morning when the light's better.

I've never taken the middle of a towel before. Talk about your added pressure, but I found the perfect thing for Mamaphunk's towel, so I couldn't resist.

Here theme is "Anthropologie" style. Plus, I saw that she's organizing the Matryoshka swap. Thus ...

The pattern came from a coloring book and I went a little crazy with the satin stitch. But I blame that on the Sublime Stitching towel. It makes satin stitch look really good.

And here's the whole towel so far.

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8  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: September 07, 2009 12:16:29 PM
Kittykill, I love your little sailor girl and I can't wait to see your mermaid in person sixblueirises.

I just finished mego's towel. Her theme is Forest/Nature, so I went with a folk art fox:

The pattern is a vintage quilt pattern I found on eBay. When I was post-stalking I read that mego isn't a big fan of how satin stitch looks, so I kept it to a minimum (only the tip of the nose and the eye).

She didn't get to take a picture of what she stitched before sending out, so here it is:

The first two designs are positioned at the opposite ends of the towel on the horizontal, so I folded up the extra white space in between to get a shot:

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9  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: August 22, 2009 11:08:49 PM
I stitched up my pillowcase today. Usually, I go without a theme but decided to try something different this time around.

My theme is my favorite song -- X's "Fourth of July. People in my group shouldn't panic though. I'll send around a copy of the lyrics and feel free to be literal with it or to go with something completely random that the song just makes you think of. One of the reasons I love it so much is that it's such a visual song. Every time I hear it I can imagine the weather, time of day, etc. But I digress ...

Here it is:

The specific lyrics here are: "On the stairs I smoke a/cigarette alone/Mexican kids are shootin'/fireworks below." I may need to redo the word "alone" since it looks a bit like "done."
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10  Re: 2009 12" Squares- June in Crochetalongs by GatsbyGirl on: June 06, 2009 03:27:45 PM
Oh, that Supernova looks great!

Since we're now in June and my afghan is halfway done (I've joining as we go), figured I'd post a photo of it at the 50% completion point:

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